GOLIAD, Texas A pickup truck carrying nearly two dozen people crashed in South Texas late Sunday, killing at least 14 and injuring 9others.

The crash occurred around 7 p.m. near the small Goliad County town of Berclair, southeast of Victoria.

State troopers and deputies with the Goliad County Sheriff s Office were investigating the cause of the crash Monday. Officials said it was not yet clear why the pickup was carrying 23 people.

They have not been able to speak with the truck s driver, who was among the seriously injured.

Records show the truck is registered to an owner in Houston.

Investigators said the Ford F-250 was headed northbound on Highway 59 when it smashed into two large trees. The impact of the crash was so severe, the truck s transmission separated from the rest of the vehicle.

Officials have not released the names of the victims, but they said two teenage girls and other children were in the truck when it crashed.

KHOU 11 News spoke with a traveler who came upon the scene shortly after the crash and tried to help the victims.

We did not think that we were going to sit there and see something, said Christina Reyes. I just told the kids, close your eyes, don t get out of the car.

Reyes, of League City, said some of the injured were crying out for their mothers and asking for water.

Border Patrol agents were called in to assist, as some of the injured only spoke Spanish. A dozen people were taken to hospitals in Beeville, San Antonio, Victoria, and Corpus Christi. Some were listed in critical condition and transported by helicopter.

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